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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                November 23, 2001




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Don't celebrate rampant consumerism this holiday season                                                                                                                                                                                                               gifts for one another; parents
            ' - Laura Ingalls Wilder's               My, how times have changed!                    ebration?                                        explains.                                                           the focus away from the material-
                                                                                                       Dr. Harvey Martin, professor of                    Also impacting the material-                                   ism of Christmas? The key is bal-            should join in this gift making as
book. Little House on the                           Americans will spend approxi-
                details a p   pioneer            mately $200 billion on Christmas                   Christian       education         at.            ism of Christmas are destructive                                    ancing the head (facts), heart               well.
Pr.'iirii-,
                              f    h             gifts this year, which equals two-                 Northwestern College in Saint                    philosophies of the day, for exam-                                  <emotions) and hands (involve-                   Set aside a family day for
ChriMmus when the gifts she                                                                                                                          ple, "If it feels good, do it" and "You                             ments of children, Martin says.              something special — museum
received were a new tin cup, a                   thirds of the entire defense budget                Paul, Minnesota, offers some
                                                 or around $800 per person. So                      insight, beginning      with the                 bring meaning to life."                                                "Christmas is an excellent                field trip, volunteer at a communi-
stick of peppermint candy, a small                                                                                                                       Another cause for the material-                                 opportunity to challenge chil-               ty/church kitchen, visit a nursing
heart-shaped cake made by her                    how have exhausting trips to                       deconstruction of history itself.
                                                 glitzy malls and pricey gifts                          "Because much of history has                 istic focus is disintegrating child-                                dren's creativity and imagination,           home.
mother with white flour and                                                                                                                          hood. "Children are having to                                       a proactive approach as opposed                  Instead of spending money on a
sugar, and a shiny new penny. She                changed the simplistic historical                  been rewritten as propaganda, it's
                                                 and      spiritual    aspects of                   prompting people to question the                 make choices before they are                                        to entertainment, which is non-              trip to Disneyland that only enter-
wrote 50 years later "thut was a                                                                                                                    capable. Parents are spending                                        active," he explains. Turn off the           tains, spend the money on a short-
happy Christinas."                               Christmas into a materialistic cel-                history of Jesus and his birth," he
                                                                                                                                                    more money on them, but less                                         TV and read the Christmas story              term mission trip to help in poor
                                                                                                                                                    time with them. They throw up                                        from the Bible. Read the "Little             areas of Jamaica. Bahamas or
                                                                                                                                                    values and let the children decide                                   House" books to give the children            Mexico.


        Christmas at the City                                                                                                                       their own morals. Evert organized                                    an idea of a pioneer Christmas to                Use money normally set aside
                                                                                                                                                    play leaves no time for a kid to be                                  help them realize and appreciate             for Christmas gifts to outfit a dis-
                                                                                                                                                    a kid. It's all about competition,                                   how blessed they are today.                  advantaged family for the winter
                                                                                                                                                    schedules and activities."                                               To help children experience              with coats, boot*, blankets, even
                                                                                                                                                         Rampant consumerism is an                                       God, not just know of Him, and               heating costs.
                                                                                                                                                    obvious cause of materialism.                                        stimulate creativity and imagina-                Volunteer to clean the house or
                                                                                                                                                        "Retailers target kids," Martin                                  tion, Martin has some suggestions            do yard work for an elderly or sin-
                                                                                                                                                    says. 'They know they can sell to                                    for Christmas 2000.                          gle parent neighbor.
                                                                                                                                                    kids via the parents who are more                                       Call a halt to gift giving as in              Write to missionary kids and
                                                                                                                                                    willing to spend money than                                          the past. Instead of a family trip           send them creative homemade
                                                                                                                                                    time." So how can parents shift                                      to the mall, use that time to make           gifts and cards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stage the Christmas story —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (freetwys                       men, and angels — with "actors"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from the family or neighbor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hood. Use the Bible as the script.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    beautiful things                                      Look for inter-cultural experi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ences in the community so your
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shop Early With: MO OFF                                       family can experience all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Purchase of $50 or More: $20 OFF                                  delights of diversity: music, cul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ture, language, traditions, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Purchase of $100 or More                                      history.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Valid Thru December 9th. Sale Items Special Items                            Above all, Martin says parents
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Layaways Excluded                                        need to take attention away from
                                                                                                                                                      1838 EAST SECOND ST., SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ 07076 (908) 322-1817                                                    gifts by building relationships
                                    The Lowest Prices On All Christmas Items!                                                                               Holiday Hours Begin Doc )5t Mon-fri 10 7. Sol. 10 5 30. Sun l?-5(Nov ?6tn • Dec 23rd)                _,   with children. "Help them realize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that materialism is something to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use, not to be abused or cause
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      debt." The satisfaction of helping
                                                                                                                                                         Thanksgiving Weekend                                                                                         someone else is much deeper than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      an expensive gift. 'This type of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      giving will also change your lives
                                                                                                                                                          Sale Spectacular!!!                                                                                         as well as the lives of those you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      impact," Martin stresses

                                                                                                                                                        Friday Nov. 23" to Sunday Nov. 25'" Only!                                                                     There are
     YOUR ONE-STOP HOilDAY SHOPPING and ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      save money
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                                                         Sunday, November 25
                                                                                                                                                            Storewide*                                                                                                during holidays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (ARAt - Has the thought of
                                               5:00 p.m. - Noitli Avenue li.iln Sl.vUim Taking Lot
                                                                                                                                                       • All Christmas & Hanukkah Gift Wrap                                                                           holiday spending left you feeling
                                AnniMl Tree Lighting Mid Santt'l Arrtv«l with GM Scout MNten Tree rro|ect                                                Boxed Cards & Party Goods                                                                                    like a Scrooge?
 The Mayor will light ouf town Christmas Tjee .we) Santa .irflvrs on ihc Wrstfleld fire Truck. Music piovldcd by the Weslfleld Community Band.                                                                                                                             A gift list of overpriced action
 Grl Scouts Will collect warm ogn mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks for the needy United Melliodlst Youth Fellowship will serve cocoa                                                                                                                         figures can take a bite out of your
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     ..                          and will be collecting non-perishitbic fotxfe <ind i.iniied goods for ilw needy.
                                                                                                                                                       • All Holiday & General Gifts including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      budget and leave little for deco-
                                                                                                                                                        Yankee Candles. Boyds Bears,                                                                                  rating and entertaining. You
                                                         Saturday, December I
                               9iOO a.m,- 4s00 pm. • Wi-Mfleld Service Le.igue Ihrlft Shop, I 14 Elmer Strrel
                                                                                                                                                        Precious Moments, TY Plush                                                                                    don't want to hamper your holi-
                                       Holiday Sale - <<ill for additional (Malls - CX1HI 233-2530                                                      and So Much More!                                                                                             day fun, but you also don't want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to be paying for Christmas in
                                                          Sunday, December 2                                                                                                                                                                                          April.
                                  12(00 Noon - 2:00 p.m. MotoPhoto Portrait Studio. ?b\ North Avenue                                                                                                                                                                           Go Real or Fake It?
  Photos with Santa s|M>nsor«l hy the Downtown Wcslflckt Corjioijtloii Tret1 5x / with donation of ?. cans of non-pcrishabie food tor the                                                                                                                                The world population can be
                                                         WrMlteld food Pantry.                                                                                                                                                                                        divided into many groups, but
                                    6:00 p.m. - IOIOO p.m. On [In- sifocls In downtown Wt-stllrld. N|                                                                                                                                                                                    O
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      none are H diametrically
 Westfield Holiday Stroll Sliop at |Wtld|>.ulng stores and Mip|x>tt Westfleld suidonts and school programs through the Education Fund of                                                                                                                              opposed as real and artificial tree
 Westfleld, Inc. Entertainment sponsored by Hie Downtown Westliekl Corporation. Details call fducallwi rund-Etalne Slabe • (008) 2JZ-2603                                                                                                                             buyers, According to the National
                                                         Thursday, December 6                                                                                                                                                                                         Christmas Tree Association
  6i30 p.m. - 7)30 p.m. - Caroling at the corners of Qulntby &. Elm Streets sponsored l»y Rrtteemer Lutheran Chuich JIKI School:                                                                                                                                      (NTCA), 44 percent of trees sold
                                             Public Is welcome to join In the sinking                                                                           Cards * Gifts • Gourmet Baskets • Godiva Chocolates                                                   each year are real and 55 percent
      6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Musical Performances In downtown stores sponsor til by the Downtown WuMllHd Corporation                                                                                                                                                 are artificial. Real tree lovers
                                                                                                                                                                    39 South Marline Avc. • Fanwood 322-4008                                                          sing the praises of sweet-
                                                         Saturday, December 8                                                                                                                 Mon.-Fri. 9-9. Siil.-Sim9-6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      smelling pine, while artificial
                                             9t3Sa,m. - 1:35 p.m. - Noith Avenue fulii Station                                                                       «t, SintiV C.IMIS H I lollnuik O I I H / T * [ I U KI\> k:\% H    r t.vK»M» ARJV   S»VSI,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fans appreciate needle-free car-
 Santa Claus Train Ride sponsored by |etscy Ccnlrwl R.iilvv.ty Historical Society. %[l adults. $10 children unitei 12, Info, (008) 781-1896 or                                                                                                                        pets. But which is more economi-
WWW,lrchs.org 1 hour ride to HIRII Bridge with Siinta giving out candy canes, coloring books, t rayons JIIKI one MO Train Set prize pet twin car.                                                                                                                     cal?
                                 Tickets available ,\\ Krunner's Opticians. 100 East Broad Street, Westlield N|
  11)00 a.m. - 2s00 p.m. - Watson Highlanders Pipe Band s|K>nsor«1 hy the Downtown Weslfietri Corporation-, liagplpers and drum
                               inets will perform traditional lestive rimsli throughout downtown Westtleld. N|
                                                                                                                                                     k                                                                                                                   A natural tree can cost S4 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $8 per foot depending on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      type, NTCA found the average
I li30 a.m. - 12i3O p.m. - Yule tide Carolers sponsored by the Downtown Wesilield CorpoMllon; Carolers dressed In Dickens1 attiie will                                                                                                                                tree price in 1999 was $32. not
                                         stroll thuHigh downtown Westfleld. N| enteitalnlnj; shojipi'is                                                                                                                                                               including the one-time purchase
ttOO p.m. - 3t00 p.m. - Women's Barbershop Quartet s|Kinsured by the Downtown WeslliHd CorfHir.ttton; l\arl>er<,liL)p harmony group                                                                                                                                   of a stand. A quality artificial
                                                 will perform (hroutjlHW* downtown Westfleki N|                                                                                                                                                                       tree can cost between §200 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $400. If you plan to keep an arti-
                                                          Sunday, December 9                                                                                                                                                                                          ficial tree for several years, faux
       2i00 p.m. - 4)00 p.m. - Musical Performance In downtown stores spoilsmen tiy the Downtown Westfleld Corporation                                                                                                                                                may be the way to go. However,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      most artificial trees are not
                                                Thursday, December 13                                                                                                                                                                                                 biodegradable, while real trees
  6i30 p.m. - 7i30 p.m. - Caroling M the corners of Qulmby &. Elm Streets sponsmed hy Redeemer Lutheran Church ,ind School;
                                            Public Is welcome to join in the singing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      can be recycled or, if purchased
       6:30 p.m. - 8tJ0 p.m. - Musical Performances In downtown stores sponsored hy Downtown Westtleld Corporation                                                                                                                                                    with the root ball intact, replant-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lighten Up
                                                                                                                                                                                        support
                                                         Saturday, December 15
   I llOO a.m. - 2sOO p.m. - Watson Highlanders Pipe Band sponsored hv the Downuwn Wesilield Corporation; Bagpipers and drum-                                                                                                                                            For some people, the holidays
                              HUMS will perform traditional lesttve music throughout downtown Westlield. N|                                                                                                                                                           aren't complete without a plastic
 I ll30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Yuledrle Carolers sponsoied l>v Ihe Downtown Wesilield Corporation: Carolers dressed In "Dickens" attire will                                                                                                                             Santa and a blinding light show,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but high voltage displays can
                                       strnil tliiougl) downtown vXvsifleki. N| entertaining shoppers
      llOO p.m. - 3)00 p.m. - Women's Barbershop Quartet sponsored hv the Ptnvnlown Westfield Corporation: Barbershop harmony
                                          group will |M.'lfivm throughout itowiilnwii Westlk'ld. N|
                                                                                                                                                                                uom local small                                                                       also run up electric bills. To
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      reduce energy costs, turn on your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      decorations only in the evening
                                                          Sunday, December 16
       llOO p.m. - 4i00 p.m. • Musical Performances In downtown stores sponsored by the Downtown Westfleld Corporation                                                             business.,.                                                                        and only when you're home. Use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a timer to shut them off automat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ically.     The Energy          Idea
                                                         Thursday, December 20                                                                                                                                                                                        Clearinghouse at Washington
 6:30 p.m. - 7i30 p.m. - Caroling at the corners of Qulmby & Eltn Streets sponsored liy the Redeemer Lutheran Church and School;
                                                                    .                                                                                                                                                                                                 State University also recom-
                                              I'nlilU is welt oilie to join In the singing                                                                                                                                                                            mends replacing your seven- or
      6t30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Musical Performances In downtown stores s[xmsoted by (tie Downtown WcMflelri Corporation                                                                                                                                                nine-watt Christmas lights with
                                                                                                                                                             EWA Has Over 10,000 Exciting Ways To                                                                     five-watt lights which use 30 to
                                                         Saturday, December 22                                                                                                                                                                                        45 percent less energy and last
   11:00 a.m. - 2i00 p.m. - Watson Highlanders Pipe Band spon^m-d by the Downtown Wcstfleld Corporation; &,igplpers and drum-
                                                                                                                                                             Make This Holiday Season Extra Special!                                                                  65 percent longer.
                             mets will pi'rtnrin tradltioiiiil festive musk throughout downtown Westfleld, N|
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Try Traditional
 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Yuletlde Carolers sponsoreil hv the Downtown Wesifiekt Coiiwratlort: Cafolers diessed In 'Dickens: altfre will
                                      slroll thiough dnwntttwn Westlield. N| enteitalnlnu, shoppeis
                                                                                                                                                              3 2 Shopping Days Til Christmas                                                                            Is your tree still donning
 llOO p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Women's Barbershop Quartet s|xm>.oii-d by the Downtown Westticld Coifx>t,itlon; Barbershop harmony group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      metallic ornaments and fuzzy
                                              will peifomi throughout dtnvntown Wesilield. Nj
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      garland from the disco era? If you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      want a different, inexpensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      look, go from 1970 to 1870. Enlist
                                                          Sunday, December 23                                                                                                                                                                                         the kids to string popcorn, cran-
       2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Musical Performances in downtown stores sponsored hy the Downtown Westfleld Corporation                                                                                                                                                berries and pasta for old-fash-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ioned garlands. To really feel like
                                                                                                                                                                MODEL CAR                                                             CENTER                          Martha Stewart, try garlands of
                                                                                                                                                         Automobile Models, Books, Videos A Magazines                                                                 dried oranges and apple slices or
                                    For Additional Information on Events taking place In Westfleld, Nf,                                                                                                                                                               cranberries and cinnamon sticks
                                                                                                                                                                                 205 Fit. 22 E. Green Brook                                                           Make cutout cookies to use as
                                          please check the Downtown Westfleld Corporation's                                                                                           732-424-0200                                                                    ornaments, but add extra flour or
                                                website at: http://westfleldnluitacllck.com                                                                                        www.ewacars.com                                                                    you'll have hendlees gingerbread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      people.

				
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